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Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.

Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence—but there’s so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven languages, and he was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician, and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, “I cannot live without books.” But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an “abomination,” he owned about 150 slaves.

As she did in Looking at Lincoln, Maira Kalman shares a president’s remarkable, complicated life with young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text.

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  • “Playful but informative, as quick witted as Jefferson himself, this will—along with the author’s note—will inspire young readers to learn more.”

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About the Author

Maira Kalman has written and illustrated more than a dozen children’s books, including Ooh-la-la-Max in LoveWhat Pete Ate, and Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John Jay Harvey. Her children’s book 13 Words was a collaboration with Lemony Snicket. Kalman is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and is well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the “New Yorkistan” cover in 2001. Born in Tel Aviv, she moved to New York with her family at the age of four and now lives in Manhattan.